Monday, 7 April 2014

Jacava 2014 Collection: Blackcurrant Vamp and Dance With Me

For today's Mani Monday I've got some swatches of a couple of polishes from Jacava London's 2014 Collection.  Last summer I reviewed Blueberry Muffin* which was my first experience of a Jacava polish.  They're 8-free, which is many-more-free than most other polishes on the market at the moment and I like the fact that they're British, too.  The bottles are designed with a long lid to make painting more comfortable and the brush is also long so as to get all the polish out from the bottom of the bottle.

As I said, these two polishes are from the 2014 collection, which adds another 18 polishes to their already 18-strong line up.  Although in the Classic collection there were mainly red/pink polishes, there were a couple of more 'fun' blue/green/purple shades.  However, the 2014 collection contains predominantly red shades, with a couple of pale nude colours in it.  I chose Blackcurrant Vamp* and was also sent Dance With Me* and the French Mani Top Coat*.

Dance With Me

Jacava London Dance With Me swatchJacava London Dance With Me swatch

Dance With Me is a dark red very slightly shimmer polish which verges on the edge of deep magenta.  It would be perfect at Christmas.  The photos above show two coats because one coat looked a bit thin.  The long brush paints smoothly, though I have to say I'm not sure I'm a big fan of a brush being so thin.  It has a nice shiny finish, but for extra gloss I used the Jacava French Mani Top Coat which is really glossy and dries quickly.  It also gives the polish a longer wear than without it.

Blackcurrant Vamp

Jacava London Blackcurrant Vamp swatch

Blackcurrant Vamp is a super dark almost-black purple.  I guess that's where the 'vamp' bit comes from - it's a bit like Chanel Rouge Noir in that in most lights it looks practically black, but in sunlight (as the bottom photo above shows) you can see the purple tint to it.  It was definitely quite thin and streaky with one coat, but with two it was totally opaque and had a really smooth finish.  I think this was my favourite of the two because it suited my skin tone better (I'm not really a red polish-wearer).  I'm also always a fan of a sophisticated dark polish that goes with lots of outfits.  It was really long-wearing, especially when worn with the Jacava French Mani Top Coat.

Overall thoughts?  These are lovely polishes and definitely ones I'll wear again (particularly Blackcurrant Vamp).  At £11 each they're on the pricier end of the polish spectrum, but it's good to see that they've reduced them from the £14.50 price point they had last year.

You can find these and other Jacava polishes on for £11 each.

*PR Samples

1 comment:

  1. Such gorgeous swatches, I really love the Jacava polishes! :)